Win Tickets To TOPS At Barboza!
Our go-to guide to all things relatively new and unknown to us, Pitchfork, educates us this about Montreal band TOPS, and their third - and most recent - album, Sugar At The Gate:
"When they formed in 2011, TOPS were among a crop of Montréal indie bands involved with Arbutus Records, a label that came into prominence after releasing Grimes’ early albums and co-releasing 2012 breakout Visions with 4AD. Following Grimes’ success, watchful eyes turned their sights to her peers, looking to crack the code in the city’s scene. Among their compatriots—Blue Hawaii, Sean Nicholas Savage, Braids, and Majical Cloudz—TOPS were the most aligned to conventional notions of rock and pop, a throwback AM-rock band amid a sea of indie-tronica. Their fuzzy, honey-dipped songs were straight out of the school of Fleetwood Mac and Mazzy Star: eminently listenable, easy to digest, romantic, and catchy. For their third record, Sugar at the Gate, the band relocated to Los Angeles and recorded at a former brothel in Jewel City. Sugar at the Gate mirrors this sordid and light-filled clime—which is wholly appropriate for a band that has always been a lot sunnier than the city they hail from. TOPS is anchored by the singer Jane Penny, whose voice embodies the deep nostalgia that the band’s music projects. Something about her style feels anachronistic—contemporary rock music always draws on previous eras, be it 1990s indie or 1980s punk, but rarely do singers have such a vintage warmth. Her soprano luxuriates in its own imperfections, and some sly production allows it to sound fuzzy and blown out, mimicking the feeling of a cassette you found at a garage sale. In fact, the whole album bears this considered lo-fi sound: like vaseline rubbed along a camera’s lens to give a photo an old-timey aesthetic, the songs on Sugar at the Gate are perfectly old feeling. ... What sets TOPS apart is their consistency—across three records, they've sharpened their clean hooks and clarified their aesthetic—making soft rock songs that sound good on repeat."
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